'One of the chief arguments for abolishing the rule is that it is a waste of time. The average French child spends 80 hours learning it, without ever understanding.' Photograph: Getty Images

As a native English-speaker who has constantly endeavoured to perfect her French, I have been delighted by a grammatical controversy raging in French (...)

Michel Déon: the French writer and academician at his home in Co Galway in 2000. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

For nearly 14 months after he died, in Galway, on December 28th, 2016, at the age of 97, the ashes of the French writer and academician Michel Déon we(...)